Natural Home Remedies A~Z


Natural Home Remedies A~Z

101 Natural and Effective. Remedies using Herbs, Teas, Foods, Vitamins, Homeopathics and Items already Found in your Home and Kitchen.

Location: In the Kitchen,the Heart of your home.
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A home remedy is a treatment to cure a disease or ailment that employs certain spices, vegetables, or other common items. Home remedies may or may not have medicinal properties that treat or cure the disease or ailment in question, as they are typically passed along by laypersons (which has been facilitated in recent years by the Internet). Many are merely used as a result of tradition or habit or because they are effective in inducing the placebo effect. A significant number, however, have been demonstrated to effectively treat ailments such as sprains, minor lacerations, headaches, fevers, and even the common cold.

One of the more popular examples of a home remedy is the use of chicken soup to treat respiratory infections such as a cold or mild flu, and according to recent studies, this may actually be effective. Other examples of medically successful home remedies include willow bark tea to cure headaches and fevers (willow bark contains a form of acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin); duct tape to help with setting broken bones; and duct tape or superglue to treat plantar warts; and Kogel mogel to treat sore throat. Most home remedies are made up of things that are already in the home.

In earlier times mothers were entrusted with all but serious remedies. Historic cookbooks are frequently full of remedies for dyspepsia, fevers, and female complaints.

Many European liqueurs or digestifs were originally medicinal remedies. In Chinese folk medicine, medicinal congees (long cooked rice soups with herbs), foods, and soups are part of the healing repertoire.

A common error is to confuse home remedies with homeopathic remedies. In fact, the two concepts are unrelated.

In the written record, the study of herbs dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sumerians, who described well-established medicinal uses for plants. Ancient Egyptian medicine of 1000 BC are known to have used various herbs for medicine. The Old Testament also mentions herb use and cultivation.
Many herbs and minerals used in Ayurveda were described by ancient Indian herbalists such as Charaka and Sushruta during the 1st millennium BC. The first Chinese herbal book was the Shennong Bencao Jing, compiled during the Han Dynasty but dating back to a much earlier date, which was later augmented as the Yaoxing Lun (Treatise on the Nature of Medicinal Herbs) during the Tang Dynasty. Early recognised Greek compilers of existing and current herbal knowledge include Hippocrates, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Galen.
Roman writers included Pliny the Elder and Celsus. Pedanius Dioscorides included the writings of the herbalist Krateuas, physician to Mithridates VI King of Pontus from 120 to 63 BC in his De Materia Medica. De Materia Medica was translated into several languages and Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew names were added to it throughout the centuries. Latin manuscripts of De Materia Medica were combined with a Latin herbal by Apuleius Platonicus (Herbarium Apuleii Platonici) and were incorporated into the Anglo-Saxon codex Cotton Vitellius C.III.

These early Greek and Roman compilations became the backbone of European medical theory and were translated by the Persian Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā, 980–1037), the Persian Rhazes (Rāzi, 865–925) and the Jewish Maimonides. Translations of Greek medical handbooks and manuscripts into Arabic took place in the eighth and ninth centuries.

Arabic indigenous medicine developed from the conflict between the magic-based medicine of the Bedouins and the Arabic translations of the Hellenic and Ayurvedic medical traditions. Spanish indigenous medicine was influenced by the Arabs from 711 to 1492. Islamic physicians and Muslim botanists such as such as al-Dinawari and Ibn al-Baita significantly expanded on the earlier knowledge of materia medica. The most famous Arabic medical treatise was Avicenna's The Canon of Medicine, which was an early pharmacopoeia and introduced the method of clinical trials. The Canon was translated into Latin in the 12th century and remained a medical authority in Europe until the 17th century. The Unani system of traditional medicine is also based on the Canon.

Translations of the early Roman-Greek compilations were made into German by Hieronymus Bock whose herbal published in 1546 was called Kreuter Buch. The book was translated into Dutch as Pemptades by Rembert Dodoens (1517–1585), and from Dutch into English by Carolus Clusius, (1526–1609), published by Henry Lyte in 1578 as A Nievve Herball. This became John Gerard's (1545–1612) Herball or General Hiftorie of Plantes. Each new work was a compilation of existing texts with new additions.

Women's folk knowledge existed in undocumented parallel with these texts.] Forty-four drugs, diluents, flavouring agents and emollients mentioned by Discorides are still listed in the official pharmacopoeias of Europe. The Puritans took Gerard's work to the United States where it influenced American Indigenous medicine.

Francisco Hernández, physician to Philip II of Spain spent the years 1571–1577 gathering information in Mexico and then wrote Rerum Medicarum Novae Hispaniae Thesaurus, many versions of which have been published including one by Francisco Ximénez. Both Hernandez and Ximenez fitted Aztec ethnomedicinal information into the European concepts of disease such as "warm", "cold", and "moist", but it is not clear that the Aztecs used these categories. Juan de Esteyneffer's Florilegio medicinal de todas las enfermedas compiled European texts and added 35 Mexican plants.

Martín de la Cruz wrote an herbal in Nahuatl which was translated into Latin by Juan Badiano as Libellus de Medicinalibus Indorum Herbis or Codex Barberini, Latin 241 and given to King Carlos V of Spain in 1552. It was apparently written in haste[citation needed] and influenced by the European occupation of the previous 30 years. Fray Bernadino de Sahagún's used ethnographic methods to compile his codices that then became the Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva Espana, published in 1793.[13] Castore Durante published his Herbario Nuovo in 1585 describing medicinal plants from Europe and the East and West Indies. It was translated into German in 1609 and Italian editions were published for the next century.

Traditional medicine (also known as indigenous or folk medicine) comprises medical knowledge systems that developed over generations within various societies before the era of modern medicine. Practices known as traditional medicines include herbal, Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, ancient Iranian medicine, Islamic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Muti, Ifá, traditional African medicine, and other medical knowledge and practices all over the globe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines traditional medicine as:

"the health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being."

In some Asian and African countries, up to 80% of the population relies on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs. When adopted outside of its traditional culture, traditional medicine is often called complementary and alternative medicine. Herbal medicines can be very lucrative, generating billions of dollars in sales, but adulteration or counterfeit herbs can also be a health hazard.

The WHO also notes, though, that "inappropriate use of traditional medicines or practices can have negative or dangerous effects" and that "further research is needed to ascertain the efficacy and safety" of several of the practices and medicinal plants used by traditional medicine systems Core disciplines which study traditional medicine include ethnomedicine, ethnobotany, and medical anthropology.

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Tea anyone??? collected from various 19 Replies

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Winter Cold and Flu Care, Naturally! by Ellen Evert Hopman

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Medieval Cures from The Alphabet of Galen By

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„Mummification of life“

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How to Make Your Own Herbal Decongestant Salt SteamCough

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Ginger Herbal Remedy's for the cold or flu

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An Introduction to Natural Skin Care by Hélène Berton

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Antibiotic herbs by Innanna

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My Grandpa's Winter Cures by Angela Nightjar

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Zain’s Signature Vitamin Water Five Flavours

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 1, 2014 at 11:20am

Marti Finizio 11:05in the mornin' Jan 1

1 tbls bicarbonate soda 5 drops essential oil juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. good oil, such as sweet almond ½ cup sea salt
Stir the soda, essential oil, lemon juice and oil together and then blend in the salt.
Dissolve in the bath water.
Light 4 candles (colors of your choice) and place at the 4 corners of the tub.
Step slowly into the bath water, feeling it envelope around you. Close your eyes.
Visualize yourself laying on the surface of the ocean.
There is nothing around you, you are alone and at peace.
Feel the warmth of the sun beating down on you. Say either out loud or quietly to yourself:
Be comforted, All is well Now you are blessed.
You have life to nurture and nurture you.
Be calm. Be easy. Be comforted. You are blessed.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 24, 2013 at 12:25pm

    Sore Throat Saver

    8 oz of good quality lemonade

    1 teaspoon of salt (more if you like, but make sure it all dissolves)

    Heat the lemonade as hot as you can drink it without scalding yourself. Add the

    salt and stir to dissolve. Drink slowly, letting it slide down your throat. 

    Don't be tempted to sweeten it, it cuts the effect. You can always make honey tea

    afterward, you're supposed to take lots of liquids when you're sick anyway.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 10:30pm

Essential Oil of Lemon
Keep Lemon on hand to kill germs. It has high antibacterial properties. It's antiseptic
properties will last for 20 days. Lemon has the ability to stimulate white corpuscles
that defend the body against infection.

Combine with Angelica to stimulate the body's immune system. It is a powerful bactericide
and great for kitchen clean ups. Add to dishwashing liquid or any mild hand soap. Use in a s
pray for disinfecting the air. Keep a spray bottle handy for quick cleanups in children's playroom.
You'll find plenty of other uses I'm sure.
From: GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 8:44pm

Peppermint and Blood Orange Invigorating Body Scrub

1 pound of sea salt (fine to medium grain) 1 oz sunflower oil 3 oz jojoba oil 2 oz liquid soap base 1/4 teaspoon peppermint essential oil 1/3 teaspoon blood orange essential oil 2 teaspoons dried raspberry seeds

(A list of recommended suppliers for these ingredients was included in my previous email).

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and transfer into desired packaging.  For "home" use, you can use Tupperware or similar packaging.   If you plan to gift or sell the scrub, obviously more elaborate packaging is called for. (See the Handcrafter's Companion for a comprehensive list of packaging ideas and recommended suppliers.)

To use the scrub, add the desired amount to the palm of your hand or a scrub mitt.  Gently rub over skin to exfoliate and invigorate your skin.  Rinse well.

Jane Church Spa Product Queen

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 8:44pm

Homemade lip balm

3 Tbls Coconut oil

3 Tbls Shea Butter

3 Tbls Cocoa Buttelr

3 Tbls  Beeswax

all ingredieints in a pan and melt on low. Spoon into containers and let set.

If you want to add color add a little bit of your lipstick and taste add a little candy flavoring.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 6:25pm

Sleep & Dream Tea

3 tsp. rose petals

1/2 tsp. basil-or less

1 tsp. chammomile

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 6:24pm

Common names : European mountain ash, mountain ash, sorb apple

Medicinal part : Fruit

Juice : Take 1 tsp. fresh juice at a time, as needed. Good as laxative.

Cold Extract : Soak 1 tsp. dried fruit in 1 cup water for 10 hours. Take 1 cup a day. Good for inflammation and gargle.

Jam : Cook fruit with 1/2 as much sugar as berries. Take 1 tblsp. 3-5 times a day for mild diarrhea.

Also used as a cure for glaucoma.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 6:22pm

Aphrodisiac Teas

Mexican damiana leaves

Saw palmetto berries

Powder & mix in equal parts

Take 1 to 2 tsp. a day, in water

wine or gelatin capsules.


Jasmine flowers

Rose buds

Rose hips

Tea leaves

Mix in equal parts. Steep 2 tsp. in

1 cup boiling hot water for 10 minutes.

Sweeten with honey and add lemon

if desired.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 6:22pm

Aphrodisiac Bath

Corn Poppy

Early-flowering periwinkle

Fragrant valerian


Male fern


Mix in equal parts. Add 1 oz. of the

mixture to 1 qt. cold water and bring

to a boil. Simmer briefly, then steep

15-30 minutes. Strain & add to bath


Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 6:04pm


African ginger~black ginger~race ginger~

Medicinal part : Rootstock~

Infusion : Mix 1/2 tsp. powdered rootstock with 1 tsp. 

(or more) honey. Add 1 cup boiling-hot water. If 

desired, add an ounce of brandy or other liquor.~

Tincture : Take 15 or more drops at a time, warm.~


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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